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EU backs direct Kabul-Taliban negotiations

EU backs direct Kabul-Taliban negotiations

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Apr 09, 2019 - 11:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The European Council has reaffirmed its political commitment and long-term support to the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon on their path to peace, security and prosperity.

In conclusions adopted by it, the council encouraged the government of Afghanistan and the Talibaninfo-icon to intensify their efforts towards a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the prolonged conflict.

The council discussed the situation in Afghanistan on Monday when foreign ministers focused on current peace efforts and how the EU could best contribute to the cause.

In the conclusions, the council recommended direct negotiations between Afghans, with the government and the Taliban at their core, should begin as soon as possible.

In a statement, the EU said it was ready to support the following aspects of the peace process:

  • to help make the peace process inclusive;
  • to assist with reforms, including security sector reform;
  • to act as a guarantor of a peace process, if requested by the parties;
  • to assist with reintegration of fighters and their families and
  • To promote regional trade and connectivity.

The council considers it important that a peace agreement be negotiated in an inclusive way and approved by the Afghan government. The agreement should:

  • entail the renunciation of violence;
  • counters any threat of transnational terrorist organisations acting from Afghan territory;
  • adhere to the rule of law and respect for the universal human rights of all Afghans, in particular as regards womeninfo-icon, children, and persons belonging to minorities;
  • ensure the continuity of the Afghan state, its institutions, and the constitutional order;
  • allow for possibilities to ensure accountability, including through transitional justice, and to address the grievances of the victims of the conflict in Afghanistan.

The EU reiterated the importance of meaningful participation by women in all peace initiatives, including formal and informal negotiations.

It also underlined the importance of holding inclusive, credible and transparent presidential, provincial council and district council elections in 2019 to strengthen democracy in Afghanistan.

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